HOW TO BEST EXPLORE A NEW TRAVEL DESTINATION

What do you learn from exploring new places?

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Speak To The Locals

This is always going to be one of the best things you can do if you want to explore somewhere in the best way possible. Just spending a little time speaking to the locals is going to mean that you pick up some great ideas about what you can do in that place and which corners you might want to explore. It’s really quite amazing how well this can work, so it’s something you should certainly think about at least. It might mean that you see a lot more in no time at all, which is always good.

Drive

Of course, a really good way to get around pretty much anywhere is to drive a car. You may or may not want to do this in some places, but it’s always worth thinking about if you are keen to see some of the hidden gems that a lot of destinations have to offer. There are a few essential ways you might want to do this. You might, for instance, decide that you want to buy a car from some local car dealerships, or you might decide to simply hire one. And depending on how far you are going from home, you might even be able to take your existing car.

Research The Place

It’s always a good idea to research a place before you go, as thoroughly as you possibly can, because that way you are going to have a much better sense of what it’s all about. These days it is easier than ever to research somewhere, as it’s mostly just a matter of going online and seeing what people are saying about it. You can find blogs, websites and online magazines which are all dedicated to this, so that is something that you should certainly think about when you are next due to travel.

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Get Lost

Finally, there is something to be said for simply going out there and allowing your feet to take you around. You might find that you end up discovering some places you never thought you would discover, and that is something that you are definitely going to want to think about. So make sure that you allow yourself plenty of time to do this, should that be the kind of thing you enjoy doing. For many people, it’s the best way to explore any destination they happen to be in.

THE BEST ALL-INCLUSIVE LUXURY RESORTS IN THE MALDIVES – WHERE TO STAY

EVER WONDERED WHAT IS THE MOST LUXURIOUS RESORT IN THE MALDIVES?

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EXPLORE ADAARAN SELECT MEEDHUPPARU RESORT FOR UNPARALLELED LUXURY WITH A TOUCH OF TRADITION INSIDE A PRESTIGE OCEAN WATER VILLA

Fancy a romantic getaway from the typical British Weather and thinking of a paradise destination to forget about the state of the economy and the antics of politicians, well look no further as paradise has a new name, the Maldives. Imagine picturesque turquoise blue waters and clear skies, pure white sandy beaches, waving palm trees, warm inviting evening sea breezes as you sit by the ocean and sip your favourite sundowner cocktails the Maldives is the ideal location.

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best luxury all-inclusive resorts maldives
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Take the Scenic Route on a Seaplane with Trans Maldavian Airways


Upon arrival to the Maldives we took a pre-booked chartered seaplane with Trans Maldavian Airways to the Adaaran Select Resorts on Meedhuparu Island in the Maldives the only way to travel in style for an unforgettable experience you’ll never forget.

Today is brought to you by the letter M. M stands for Maruhabaa a Maldivian greeting for you’re welcome!. Male the main Island where Velana International Airport is situated south of the atolls can be reached by a 45 minute seaplane from north atoll Meedhuparu the amazing resort we stayed at for 5 nights and finally the word Maldives. Make your own Mark on the world map and manifest your own Maldivian Memories.

Missing the summer sun lately? it’s time to take the plunge and book a trip to the World’s Leading Holiday Destination, the Maldives. Relax on pristine white sand dunes to exploring coral reefs and their marine wildlife or perhaps you’d like to experience the excitement of a jet ski ride off shore on an island tour excursion trail to spot some dolphins in the ocean. 

Travelling to the Maldives couldn’t be easier as most major Airlines fly from London Heathrow or Gatwick with a stopover in the Middle East such as Gulf Air whom I choose to partner with during this press trip kindly sponsored my Falcon Gold Airport Lounge access both ways at Heathrow and Bahrain. Use of Gulf Air Airport Lounge is only exclusively available to Business Class and 1st Class passengers even more reason to book with them and collect air-miles points, including priority boarding which makes skipping the security line a breeze just one of the perks of being a business class ticket holder.

Some islands however can be reached by speedboat compared to those other islands located further afield which can only be reached by Seaplane or a domestic flight transfer. Foreign currency in the Maldives that’s widely accepted in the Resorts are US Dollars which is used mostly by foreign tourist on vacation here just to give you a heads up.

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On my recent trip to the Maldives I had a 5 hour stopover in Bahrain with an enjoyable luxury experience inside the Falcon Gold Airport Lounge which made travelling long haul a lot easier during my itinerary. Inside the lounge itself it was contemporary, clean and relaxing atmosphere including all the essential amenities from smart phone charge points, golf simulation, a pool table, cocktail bar to the warm welcome from attentive staff members. Shower facilities were also available on site for ease of convenience when transiting through the airport to freshen up before your next flight.

There’s even a place to get some rest in the sleep pod area which includes a warm blanket and this includes a wake up call from staff to ensure you board your flight on time. Before getting some rest there are plenty of food and beverage options with an array of sumptuous cuisines on offer served in the Gulf Air main restaurant from light snacks to main meals. The kitchen can even make you a fresh pizza from the oven on request and the best part was they had a popcorn machine and gelato ice-cream which was delightful if you fancied a sweet tooth for desert after dinner.

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Floating Breakfast in the Infinity Pool – Experience Adaaran Resorts by Aitken Spence Hotels


Adaaran Select Meedhuparu resort offers visitors the chance to enjoy a romantic floating breakfast with fresh baked pastries, fruit, a selection of cold cuts to cheese platters served with fresh juices and to top it all sparkling wine!.

I had my morning breakfast in a quiet spot of the Prestige Water Villas Infinity pool with a view overlooking our private beach and ocean, so it felt very private. This is ideal, especially if you’re on a honeymoon or enjoying a romantic getaway for two.

For content creators Meedhuparu Island is such a stunning location for Travel and luxury lifestyle destination photography. It makes it so much easier to create stunning imagery to catch the eye of even the discerning travellers looking for wanderlust inspiration. You can capture the most exquisite moments, ranging from tranquil evening sunset horizons with a whole array of colours in the sky, to vibrant blues in hues of the serene crystal-clear waters and skyline. Also, the subtle shots using foliage to provide mystery and intriguing shadows during afternoon strolls along the beach.

Adaaran Select Meedhuparu Resort all-inclusive Prestige Water Villa’s provides excellent luxury serviced accommodation equip with your very own personal Butler during the duration of your stay who drives you around the island in a golf buggy. Just one the delightful perks being a VIP guest which makes life that little bit easier and you get to take in some sightseeing along the way. Consider walking on foot too around the island is also an option. Expect a friendly warm welcome in a tranquil setting on the ocean, glorious weather, island wildlife, not to mention the sumptuous cuisine and sunset views that take your breath away.

Meedhuparu is set in a stunning secluded location for privacy and the weather is divine, exactly what you dream of on a cold wet windy day back in the UK. The Adaaran select resort has a water sports and dive centre with all sorts of activities available from stand-up paddle boarding, to see through canoes, surfing, snorkelling, scuba diving, jet skiing, banana boat ride to fun tube when you sit on an inflatable and get pulled along by a jet ski. 

Theres even a catamaran for keen sailing enthusiast depending on the weather. I myself attempted the jetski and funtube where I used three cameras to capture the action: one camera captured the main action and two GoPro cameras in waterproof cases on my wrist and chest harness captured all my adventure on the water.

It’s been a fantastic adventure. I’ve learnt so much. The Maldivian people are lovely, very friendly, accommodating and welcoming. The resort is fabulous: lots of different accommodation to suit all preferences, lovely restaurants from pan-Asian fusion to Mediterranean, and bars to cater to all taste, whether that be a quiet drink in beachside bar or in a livelier bar in the bustle of things at a weekly beach party. You can order meals to your room, have a romantic sand bench dinner on the beach during the sunset and dine with elegance while you gaze under the stars.

A range of water sports is available at the resort such as snorkelling or sea bob snorkelling where you take an underwater mini submarine that helps you navigate more easily whilst swimming.

Apart from catering to thrill adventure seekers that love jet skiing, fun tubing, banana boat rides, or wind surfing you can try out various excursions and key attractions such as the evening sunset boat ride and fishing trips. What more could you want from a luxury holiday destination in the Indian Ocean?

Editorial Disclaimer: PR Invite as Gifted Press Stay Experience. This Media Visit was kindly gifted by Adaaran Select Meedhupparu Resort Maldives and I am under no obligation to post about a brand whether or not I choose to do so. Also, I would like to Thank the Aitken Spence plc Marketing Team in the UK and abroad including Gulf Air Airline for Sponsoring me during my Press Trip. How I choose to work with brands on any collaboration whatsoever is always down to personal choice and preference if I feel it’s a good fit for my content and audience so I can always give my honest feedback.

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STOW-AWAY APART HOTEL | LUXURY LONDON SUSTAINABLE STAYCATION

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Traveling to London? Need to stay central? This eco-friendly, luxury apart hotel is located just 5 minutes walk from Waterloo Station

There’s nothing more satisfying than checking into a hotel for a holiday or mini staycation as it’s been a long while since I took an actual vacation. Just last week I headed to the Stow-Away Hotel in South Bank for that well needed staycation one evening. I’ve only managed to get away rarely this year due to the current global pandemic, so welcomed the chance to just get away and make the most of this opportunity to travel. The thrill and excitement of packing a bag once more seemed very appealing to me so I decided to jump on a train to the London Eco Luxury Hotel.

THE CULTURAL DISTRICT OF SOUTHBANK 

(Gifted Press Stay) The hotel is location in London South Banks cultural district, built in 2018 on Lower Marsh Street in the dynamic cultural borough of Southwark. Southbank has seen creativity come alive from frequent fairs and witnessed historical events such as the hotels original land lot being bombed in WWII has been home to world class arts venues The Southbank Centre to BFI film theatre and National Theatre.

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Furthermore, explore the riverside walkway for a scenic stroll and discover the restaurants, bars and historic pubs beside the River Thames. Inside the property there are just 26 rooms which they have a cosy welcoming and elegant style studio apartment repurposed and recycled from shipping containers. Each space is creatively ambitious by innovative design with stylish luxury touches adopting a sustainable approach to living.

Eco Friendly Hotels London

Time for that staycation? Stay at the eco friendly studio apartments located in the heart of London’s cultural district Southbank.

The interiors reflect a private residence to support the surrounding land, environment and ecosystem in the area that deliver space efficient rooms in a stylish and eco-friendly way. Every guest room, you will discover solid classic herringbone flooring, marble tiled bathroom, walls clad with finely graded plywood, ergonomic kitchenette design, crisp fresh linens, towels, blackout blind, supersize king-size bed for ample space to sleep one way and face another way watching TV, all combined in a contemporary cream beige, light grey, dark mahogany accents.

Eco Friendly Hotels London

Eco Friendly Hotels London

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As you enter your room you feel the vibe exudes a decadence of luxury, functionality without compromising valuable space. Let’s not forget the hotels fully equipped serviced studio apartments to complimentary luxury toiletries from Molton Brown London specifically chosen due to their large refillable and recyclable bottles. At present, its exciting to see some of the larger hotel chains now going this way to up-cycle and support sustainable efforts.

Eco Friendly Hotels London

Eco Friendly Hotels London


Eco-Luxury, Sustainable functionality without compromising valuable space


Did you know at Stow-Away they have a heat recovery system that recycles the excess heat from the air conditioning system into hot water to help reduce overall energy consumption. It’s good to know that you can sleep comfortably with the aircon on knowing the excess heat is put towards your shower in the morning too.

Eco Friendly Hotels London

I was immediately impressed upon arrival to the property with a friendly customer service team on standby and their keyless entry using a Digital App on your smartphone with ease.

I’d say the check-in process was seemingly easy to set up as your room number and booking details were issued by email before arrival and no waiting around which was ideal.

Contactless check-in upon Arrival for Peace of Mind

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Using the App just open up the key screen by holding it up to the reader on the main front entrance or hotel room door to gain secure access. I stayed in room 203 on the 2nd Floor reachable by the main set of stairs or lift access to all floors. Prices for a Maximum of 2 persons sharing in the Apartments start from £98.10 per night.

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Get keyless entry using a Digital App on your smartphone with ease.

I really loved the extremely comfy bed with ultra Hypnos mattresses – the Award winning makers of bespoke, handcrafted and sustainably-made beds & mattresses approved by the HRH the Queen. In hindsight the overall design aesthetics of the room sizes and layout during my stay were effortlessly sleek and contemporay.

Eco Friendly Hotels London

Eco Friendly Hotels London

But the main highlight of this room had to be the fully equipped kitchen for all your culinary needs as a home away from home. As this stay was personal to me to switch off and relax, I did just that by taking a rain shower and pamper myself with Molton Brown toiletries before bed in the walk in marble tiled bathroom. But, most importantly I wanted to comment how clean the apartment was especially at present where this is essential more than ever before.

I’ve never felt so re-assured with contactless check in, mask, relaxed social distancing rules in ground floor restaurant and bar ‘Unwind’ Pop Up at the Hotel to a spotless Apartment with fresh remote for Smart TV. Rest-assured a lot of careful thought has gone into implementing a solid covid action plan on their website to ensure all guest feel confident they are always protected. It’s so good to be back in hotels again whether you need to stay a for the night, a week, or longer duration, this contemporary eco hotel offers everything you could want to make your stay a pleasant one. I’ve already recommended Stow-Away Hotel to friends and family as a space to work and a space to relax for those interested in booking a Business trip to London? The eco Apartment studios are centrally located in London, which offer sufficient space to work, relax and enjoy.

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A SUSTAINABLE SUMMER STAYCATION AT HOME WITH TROPILEX

Give yourself a little Holiday because Mind and Body deserve a little vacation sometimes…

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This summer I told myself if I don’t go anywhere for vacation due to travel restrictions amidst the pandemic the idea of relaxing at home isn’t something I had considered until now. With that said, a summer staycation at home has been the most sensible option this year but don’t let that spoil your fun because there are ways to make the most of your open space including the back garden too.

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When it came to choosing the ultimate summer accessory to transform the vibe of my back garden I was momentarily inspired by the idea of hammocking to transport me to the beach and just watch a lazy afternoon go by. I can’t think of anything more pleasant than lying in a hammock to re-create those summer memories and great feeling of being on holiday. Somewhere exotic or shores closer to home to watch the sunset go down. Which is your favourite British Beach?

At least this summer I can save on the air miles and adopt a more sustainable approach to travelling less which seems like somewhat a great idea than previously intended. So, I thought instead of missing out on a vacation why not bring the beach culture to me and set up with a hammock in my back garden sounds like the ideal summer situation.

After all, summer is all about re-living memories and making some new ones. I’m always up for being spontaneous and trying something new especially if its good fun like hammocking the act of setting up and subsequently chilling in a hammock with a view.

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Tired of winter already? Get some summer vibes today with a nice siesta in a Tropilex hammock. Vice versa, why always hammock outdoors when you can hammock indoors as well. You can get comfy in a hammock during the cold wintery days too. The best feeling is that satisfaction when you put your feet up after a long day…

Did you know Tropilex is a proud member of  1% for the planet. As a member of 1% For The Planet, Tropilex donates a minimum 1% of yearly sales to support environmental non-profit organisations which is a great cause to make a difference for a greener planet. Their hammocks and hanging chairs are woven and repelled by traditional hammock weavers in Columbia and India which is unique by local artisans.

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A suggestion for today during a sunny day would be go offline: less scrolling, indulge in more relaxing and enjoy is the most productive thing you can do this summer. Just – Be Free. Be Happy! Good Vibes Only.

Wanna hang-out in a hammock with all your friends? Tropilex has supper big family sized hammocks! Which one is your favourite? I recommend the Travel Hammock Majolia range made from super light but strong fabric your perfect travel companion at the beach and beyond. The hammocks are made to handle even a rain shower where the polyester yarns ensure that the cotton does not get too stretched too much. Ideal for British weather too given the unpredictable change in forecast rain or shine.

The beautiful wooden standard wood in other ranges would look great in every garden home made with 1005 FSC certified pinewood. They even deliver their products CO2-neutral.

Live in the sunshine, swim in the sea, drink the wild air with Tropilex and make it a summer to remember.

Cheers to the weekend!

 

Editorial Disclaimer: #AD Sponsored Post. All opinions are my own and I only give positive feedback on products I am genuinely interested in or would otherwise purchase myself so I can give an honest review of brands I love and show my support for at all times.

PARIS FASHION WEEK LUXURY TRAVEL ITINERARY | THE UBER X EXPERIENCE

A PARISIAN SUMMER IN JULY: EXPLORE PARIS IN STYLE IN COMFORT FROM FAMOUS CITY LANDMARKS, WORLD CLASS SHOPPING, PRESTIGE HOTELS TO VIBRANT NIGHTLIFE SCENE

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 Oui je t’aime Pari, a Bonjour from me in Paris for Couture Fashion Week, it’s my first time during the shows in the city so excited to see how it compares to London. It’s all about the morning cuisine and nothing does it better than starting your day with fancy coffee and croissants and who can forget the fois gras so you feel right at home in Paris. The last time I was here it was for a Christmas shopping trip for a long weekend break, but this time Fashion Week is a real treat for me.

DAY 1

I have arrived yesterday in Paris ready for the Rani Zakhem Couture show today! The plane journey from London Gatwick to Charles de Gaulle Airport was a short flight and you know Paris was even more beautiful once you get there, If you ever get to visit in Summer, there is so much culture to immerse yourself in the Parisian Chic vibes of this cosmopolitan city. All dressed up in a smart casual outfit I made my way to the shows of Paris Couture Fashion Week with an UBERX Luxury Car courtesy of the UBER Taxi App in France.

Uber Taxi App

Uber Taxi App

Uber Taxi App

Uber Taxi App

DAY 2

Day Two of the 2nd  leg at Paris Fashion Week started with 28 degrees Fahrenheit, that remind’s me it’s almost time for my UBER X car pick up soon.

My outfit was all about smart casual separates, statement sunglasses, comfortable suede footwear and leather jacket.

Please, take a moment and admire my favourite designer shades “Parisian Chic” – we all have our go to brands for effortless style

The day ended with a sumptuous lunch at The Peninsula Hotel on George V and the finest French Taittinger Champagne on the hotels roof top bar to Celebrate PFW

Uber Taxi App

Uber Taxi App

Uber Taxi App

Uber Taxi App

DAY 3

Next day my fashion week I caught up with my fellow Fashion Entourage for dinner at The Legendary Buddha Bar Paris followed by cocktail party. We all manage to coordinate for a smart monochrome look!

Arrived in Style with UBER X with a view of the Eifel Tower this evening on the way, I was wearing a full black and white look with minimal sleek details from DKNY and Ralph Lauren for the evening Fashion Week Event.

Uber Taxi App

Uber Taxi App

I hope you guys enjoyed my Parisian Fashion Week Experience of the Shows and Lookbook

Ciao, See you again next season

J xo

Editorial Disclaimer: As always all opinions will be my own I would never promote something i had not experienced myself as I always give honest feedback on a product or service regardless of who fits the bill. A huge special Thanks to UBER Taxi App France for sponsoring my rides during Couture Fashion Week Paris #AD

 

THE SOUTHERN ALGARVE’S MOST STUNNING BEACH CLUB OPENS IN PORTIMAO

THE BEST BEACH CLUBS TO VISIT ON THE MEDITERRANEAN THIS SUMMER | WHERE TO GO FOR A SWIM AND TASTE SUMPTUOUS CULINARY DELIGHTS

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Things to do in Algarve

Portimao a beautiful scenic fishing town situated in the Southern Algarve region of Portugal is most famous for its local Arts & Crafts culture. It boasts the most pristine beaches, hotels, shopping, and cosmopolitan nightlife scene including an array of exquisite restaurants and bars.


The Best of Algarve’s Scenic Southern Coast

On the day I set off to Portugal I was very excited, despite the 6 am flight departure time from London Gatwick to Faro Airport I just could not wait to get there and enjoy the trip. My itinerary was well organised by the brand rep who handled the Beach Club’s PR so we knew it was going to be an enjoyable experience and find out more about what this exclusive destination had to offer international tourism in Portugal.


 

It boasts the most pristine beaches, hotels, shopping, and cosmopolitan nightlife scene including an array of exquisite restaurants and bars.

Things to do in Algarve

 

 

 

Things to do in Algarve

 

The Algarve’s impressive International Racetrack ensures an upscale and sophisticated city break similar to its Monaco counterpart bringing you the full Grand Prix Extravaganza experience. But, there’s so much more if you’re curious to find out and explore the wonders of the Algarve. Why not be amongst the first to join the jet set by putting Portimao on the map. It’s tipped to be the most Stylish destination of this summer competing with Ibiza, Mykonos and Montenegro.


Things to do in Algarve

 

Here are my suggestions for how to get there, things to do and where to go.

Portimao Airport is a regional private jet airport located in Faro. The option of traveling in style is also available where you can book your own private flight through a variety of Private Jet Operators to and from Portugal’s Southern Algarve. Alternatively, Easy Jet Fly’s to and from selected UK Airports frequently with competitive airfares into Faro Airport.

Things to do in Algarve

 

Things to do in Algarve

 

Things to do in Algarve

 

Southern Algarve’s  newest addition includes the Blanco Beach Club boasting a tranquil setting close to all the glamour catering to luxury party goers and the jet set alike.

Things to do in Algarve

 

The brainchild of investor Maximillian White, Blanco Beach Club is the latest entertainment and experience driven venue to hit the shores of Portimao. If you’re seeking a lavish Hedonistic destination it’s a haven in paradise where white sandy beaches sit next to the idyllic turquoise waters of the Mediterranean Sea. Furthermore, the sumptuous sunken beach beds to the 5 star Mediterranean fusion restaurant offers the culinary delights of fresh sea food and sushi. If you fancy partying the the night away at the open air nightclub its open till late.


 

Blanco Beach Club is playing host to some of the biggest music artist and DJ’s in the music industry including Tyga and French Montana.

 

Things to do in Algarve

 

The Food and Drinks Menu here is excellent from the presentation of it’s food platters of sushi selection of sashimi, nigiri, California roll,  yellow tail and sea food with favorites freshly prepared by a specialist Sushi chef from Lisbon ex Nobu. Not forgetting the hospitality here is exceptional from its customer service to it’s well presented staff and friendly atmosphere. Sip on sumptuous cocktails from the restaurant menu and relax to summer soundtrack of deep house for a lazy afternoon before the sun goes down.

 

Things to do in Algarve

I really enjoyed the live PA set by Tori Lanez one evening upon my visit when the whole of the Beach Club transforms into a full service nightclub hosting the best exclusive DJ sets and music performances from acclaimed international Artist.

Please take a moment to admire the exclusive Beach Club’s venue and facilities situated on the Praia de Rocha Beach in Portimao’s newest addition to the Southern Algarve. If you love the vibe in Ibiza this will certainly take you’re fancy then I highly recommend giving this destination a try to kick start your summer of fun in the sun.

 

Editorial Disclaimer: As always, all opinions are my own and I will never promote something I don’t personally support and believe in.  I was an invited as Media to the resort by the PR Brand Rep as a Sponsored Press Trip #AD. Opinions expressed here are the author’s alone, not those of any airlines or hotel chain, and have not been reviewed or endorsed by any of these entities.